Offshore Cooking Jobs – Cooking Up a Storm Offshore

Offshore cooking jobs provide some of the best opportunities to break into the offshore drilling industry. Regardless of whether your ambition is to become a Chef, or to look for an opportunity to get on the drilling crew, there are plenty of ways to make a career and move up the ladder once you have your foot in the door, and cooking offshore is a great way to go about it.

Cooks on an oil rig are typically part of the catering department, which includes the Camp Boss and Chef, Bakers, Stewards, Galley Hands, Utility Hands and Housekeepers. On smaller rigs, some of these roles may be combined; for example, the Steward could be the day cook as well as in charge of managing the kitchen and the housekeeping crew. On larger oil rigs, you’ll find multiple positions for many of these jobs.

Most offshore drilling and oil service companies contract out the entire catering department. This means that your best shot at getting hired to work on a oil platform is to hire on directly with the catering companies. Some of the better and well known food service companies that cater offshore include Sodexo, Trinity Catering, Delta Catering, Taylor’s International, and Sonoco, to name a few of the US Based catering companies.

Sodexo is international, and employs people on oil rigs in 80 countries around the world. Worldwide, they employ over 350,000 people. Working for Sodexo provides an incredible opportunity for the ambitious, namely, the opportunity to work all over the world. If you enjoy traveling, then Sodexo is a great company to consider working for.

In Canada, Reliance Offshore is the company to work for, and they have a lot of openings, and will have even more in the future as the offshore fields in the waters off of Newfoundland begin coming online and producing oil. They are unique among offshore catering companies in that they recruit for a variety of offshore positions, not just for the catering department; they also hire deckhands, riggers, welders, motormen, electricians, and crane operators, among others.

All of these companies have online application forms, and all of them have openings. As one example, Delta Catering, a 34 year old offshore catering company, is currently hiring experienced Chefs, Sous Chefs, & Line Cooks, and offers competitive pay, credit union, health and dental insurance, and a 401 k plan. They are also accepting applications for housekeeping staff.

If you don’t have cooking experience, you can still get on as a Galley Hand, and learn the trade on the job. If you are determined and persistent, and apply with all of the above, you are almost certain to find work. If you are able to, you should strongly consider making a trip to Louisiana and applying to the catering companies based in Lafayette in person – call first, but applying in person is really the way to go – you could start work the next day.…

Things to Do on Your Career Break

You've taken the big leap and decided to take a career break. You're going to leave your job, travel the world and try new things. It's going to be the trip you've always dreamed of – but what exactly does that entail? Well that depends on you. Like any other travel experience, your career break is just what you make it. So you can do what you like and put together a unique combination of everything you love.

Here are a few suggestions …

A true adventure

If you've always wanted an adventure, a career break could be just what you need. The world has unlimited adventure potential and you'll have your pick of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and unforgetable activities.

For the real dare devils out there, bungee jumping and sky diving are absolute musts. You can try these adrenaline pumping sports in locations around the world and you certainly will not forget the experience quickly. Most providers offer a picture or video service – do not scrimp here, it's a great way to capture the memory.

For a more relaxing adventure, why not try sailing? It's tranquil and it's scenic. But you do need a qualification and experience is pretty important too. Not to worry, there are plenty of other sea-faring activities available. Some are relaxing and others will set your pulse racing, so whether you're a jet skier or a scuba diver, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.

And back on dry land, you can turn travel itself into adventure, by trying your hand at a little trekking. This fabulous activity is available around the world and it'll give you the chance to see some really stunning destinations. Whether it's Peru, Kenya or Ecuador; they're all just waiting to be explored – on foot!

Constructive travel

Adventure travel is mainly about fun and adrenalin. But if you want to do something a little more constructive, that will not be a problem. Perhaps an internship will be your cup of tea. Perfect for anyone thinking of a career change or just wanting to try something new, these eye-opening placements let you develop new skills in new locations.

You could brush up your writing skills by taking a placement at a foreign newspaper. Or maybe you'd rather try your hand at marketing, sports or healthcare in a whole new country. Whatever skills you want to develop, you can do it while you travel and you'll have the added bonus of having international travel experience too.

Teach your way around the world

There's a rumor going round that it's easier for people to take a year out once they've started working. Sure you've been earning money, but that does not need to mean you can afford to give up your job and jet off to on a global adventure. Luckily there's a fool-proof solution – teaching.

All you need is a sound knowledge of the English language (you have to be able to speak English fluently) and a TEFL qualification. If …